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    Streamlining Retail Price Management Printing

    February 9, 2021

    Whether it’s a small Convenience Store or a nationwide Retail Chain, maintaining pricing compliance across your entire product stock is a challenge by making sure the tags on sometimes thousands of items replicates its ideal pricing direction. Depending on the types of goods on sale, whether it be long life items or perishable goods, Retailers feel under pressure to execute online style timed price adjustments to remain competitive and maintain customer satisfaction. The physical act of adjusting a price tag or shelf edge labelling can be an arduous task, depending on the type of technology used it can also cost retailers in time and man hours. Traditionally price tags and shelf edge labels are printed in large quantities to produce a stack in the back office where products are either tagged in store rooms, warehouses or brought out to update on the shop floor. However printing stacks of price tags and shelf labels often comes with a number of issues. Printing in high volumes a number of different price information can often prove to be time consuming in the printing and then identifying the relevant tag to update a product. Waste is also an issue if a product pricing has been produced at high volume in error. As pricing printing updates are typically done through a back-of-office ERP system, staff can often be missing from the shop floor or additional staff are required to make the relevant pricing adjustments. To alleviate these issues many retailers are now turning to mobile printing solutions which can be integrated into their current ERP systems. Pairing a mobile printer with a handheld terminal, retail staff now have access to a range of product information available while on-the-go. Product price tags and shelf edge labelling can be updated in seconds while still remaining present on the shop floor. By using portable handheld devices to print high quality barcode and pricing information as required, it improves employee efficiency while providing important product information and the ability to printer a product label in the palm of their hand. Mobile Printing Solutions from BIXOLONBIXOLON provides a comprehensive range of highly connective mobility printers which are ideal for any retail environment. Supporting Serial and optional Bluetooth or WLAN connectivity, with compatibility with market leading platforms and programming languages. It’s ergonomic range of rugged, lightweight solutions with IP54 rating deliver 300dpi high quality text, barcode and logo printing on a variety of media including linered and linerless labels, receipt and ticket stock. Featured ProductsSPP-L3000 3-inch (80mm) Highly Reliable, Rugged Mobile Printer • Highly connective printing solution compatible with all major operating systems and programming languages. • Offering a mono LCD display and a long life battery to allow consistent printing throughout retail opening hours. • Accompanied by a range of optional charging and carrying accessories for on-the-go applications. • Embedded Peeler and Paper Guide for easy and effective linered and linerless label printing. • Supporting direct printing from SAP® Smart Forms, plus BIXOLON Profile Manager XPM™ and XCM™. XM7-20 2-inch (58mm) Premium, Compact, Rugged Mobile Printer • Offering exceptional mobility with a colour LCD display, plus a smart battery providing visibility over status and life cycle. • Highly connective printing solution compatible with all major operating systems and programming languages. • Embedded Peeler and Paper Guide for easy and effective linered and linerless label printing. • Offering direct printing from SAP® Smart Forms and BIXOLON Profile Manager XPM™ and XCM™. To find out more about BIXOLON complete range of price management printing solutions visit www.BIXOLON.com or contact your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    February 9, 2021

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    Track and Trace of Fast-Moving Consumer Goods

    January 20, 2021

    There has been exponential growth in the demand of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) or consumer packaged goods (CPG) which are often inelastic products which often touch every part of consumer life; including durable essential household items, perishable and packaged foods, beverages, toiletries, cosmetics, over-the-counter drugs and more. These types of products are typically characterised as frequent purchase goods, offered at low prices, with a short shelf life and have rapid consumption. They are classically sold at high volume and are delivered through an extensive and often complex distribution network. The logistics supply chain is crucial in the success of FMCG distribution. Transportation of FMCG products are in high demand where the timed delivery of often perishable goods to customers is crucial. Managing and maintaining complex schedules and delivery routes can often be challenging as the distribution network for high paced products is so widespread, which means tracking products between the merchant and the recipient is often very difficult. So the requirement for a Proof of Delivery note has become an essential piece of certification to prove the shipment has reached its final destination. What is the importance of Proof of Delivery?The Proof of Delivery (POD) function acts as a receipt to prove that a delivery has been completed. The POD provides accountability that the products have left the merchant’s premises and has reached its recipient. Typically finalised by a signature on the receipt, a POD normally includes important information such as the recipient’s name, time and date of delivery, address, contents of delivery and other related information.Originally produced as a 2 copy hand written document to be signed and kept by the recipient and the merchant, ways to speed up the accuracy and tacking of this service has evolved. Technology has been introduced where drivers now typically use handheld PDA devices connected to either a portable printer to provide a printed form of receipt once signed onscreen by the recipient or producing an electronic receipt which can be sent directly to the customer upon signature signoff. Printed receipts provide improved accuracy, immediate confirmation of the transaction and can be tailored depending on the recipient’s requirements. Premium Mobility Printing From BIXOLONBIXOLON’s range of mobile printing solutions offer receipt, ticket and label printing capabilities which can be adapted to the user’s requirements. The NEW XM7-40 4-inch (112mm) Premium Mobile Label Printer is a rugged mobility solution which can be adapted to any environment. Supporting a TFT colour display, easy-to-open peeler, smart battery with outstanding capacity and support functions. Universal USB Type-C Power delivery charging, plus a drop protection of up to 2.1 meters and IP54-rating. The printer supports industry leading command languages, such as SLCS, BPL-Z™, BPL-C™ and BXL/POS to allow for seamless integration with customers’ existing systems. Supplied with USB 2.0 and Serial interfaces as standard, with additional Bluetooth V5.0 Classic (MFI Certified), WLAN wireless options. The printer can simultaneously connect with both Bluetooth and WLAN to ensure seamless operations without interruption. Plus easy Bluetooth pairing via NFC for the smooth compatibility with major operating systems including Android® and iOS®. BIXOLON is a global manufacturer of logistics industrial, desktop and mobile printing devices. Its printing devices offer liner-label, linerless labelling, ticket and receipt printing for some of the world’s largest logistics providers. To discuss your Proof of Delivery and Logistics printing needs, get in touch with the BIXOLON team today.

    January 20, 2021

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    Linerless Labelling Solutions for E-commerce Logistics

    December 8, 2020

    In today’s current economic climate, consumers are now turning to e-commerce not only due to convenience, but a way to access goods and services during the current pandemic situation. With heavy investment from businesses worldwide, the e-commerce business model is gaining momentum as a trading alternative within these uncertain times. E-commerce has created a logistics boom and the volumes of shipping labels which are now required are increasing rapidly. However with the uptake of labelling, there is a demand for the printing industry technology to evolve. Backing liner from traditional labels is often complicated and costly to dispose of. Some countries are already trying to tackle this issue by adding a tax on label backing liners as a packaging material. As an environmentally-friendly labelling alternative, businesses of all sizes are now turning to Linerless labelling, a labelling solution without backing liners. By significantly reducing paper thickness by removing the liner has added up to 40% more paper length per roll, which saves on costs and the environment. It improves work efficiency and reduces downtime required to load new paper rolls. Also removing unwanted liners which can sometimes end up on the ground. Linerless labelling is not a new solution, however the demand has grown in the numerous markets.With all technology, it doesn’t come without its challenges. There is often difficulty in ensuring reliability of the Auto Cutter and the handling of linerless media which can be overpriced and sometimes inconsistent in quality. Linerless labelling is a tricky material to handle as it may cause unexpected issues due to its high adhesiveness and absence of a liner. The key to being successful within this business is to procure the right media from the right channels. BIXOLON provides a range of linerless paper supplies called B-linerless™, supporting a wide range of media which will guarantee the reliable performance at a reasonable price. BIXOLON also offers a range of specialised printers, including the XL5-40, that guarantee industry’s No.1 reliability of the Auto Cutter. The XL5-40 delivers anti-jamming, anti-curling, long-lasting two platen rollers, special paper path and top down guillotine cutting system with high reliability. Another special function comes with BIXOLON’s peel off sensor, Taken Sensor™, next label will only be printed once the current label has been removed. For more information on BIXOLON’s XL5-40 Linerless labelling solution and B-Linerless™ media, please contact your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    December 8, 2020

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    The Challenge: Reliable and Transparent e-Voting Solutions

    November 6, 2020

    A growing number of organizations in some democratic countries have introduced electronic voting systems with the aim of improving various aspects of the conventional voting process. E-Voting ensures faster vote count and tabulation alongside extremely accurate results, while reducing the chance for human error. Furthermore, it requires only the amount of ballot paper to be consumed for those who actually attend voting so the costs could be saved. On the other hand, security issues have always been conjunct with the e-Voting due to the lurking threats of fraud. The concerns over paperless elections have particularly intensified since it was revealed that the US voter registration database and public election sites had been targeted by hackers. Experts have laid great emphasis on a traceable e-Voting system combined with physically printed vote records that enables stringent audits. In which case, the voting machine prints a paper trail with protected voter’s identity after a voter selects a candidate by digital means. The collected paper trails remain as physical evidence to prove that electronic vote is correctly counted without manipulation. BIXOLON’s SRP-Q300 Series, 3-inch cube type receipt printers are suitable to be integrated into this type of voting machine due to its compact size and simple design. Fast printing speed up to 220 mm/sec shortens the voters’ queuing time and the high print resolution ensures the accuracy of the ballot count. The reliable Thermal Print Head makes for the perfect solution to handle large volumes of ballot printing all day long, and the Auto Cutter reduces chance to reprint crumpled ballots causing delays. The SRP-Q300 Series delivers Direct Thermal printing operation without the need to replace toner or ink cartridges to print ballots and, they can be easily connected to the host system through a variety of interfaces including USB, Serial, Dual-band WLAN (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 5.0 (MFi certified). In some places where power supply is not stable, smaller stand-alone voting machines are used for e-Voting. The SRP-Q300B with a built-in battery ensures longer than 18 hours of standalone operations which is ideal for integration in this application. Paired with mobile devices, BIXOLON’s printing solutions could also offer support to the electronic pollbook to streamline the voter check-in process. The SRP-Q300B and SPP-R200ll (2-inch), SPP-R310 (3-inch) mobile receipt printers have widely been deployed for this use in North America. The e-pollbook is a portable all-in-one connected case combining a laptop or tablet, printer, and normal data capture devices such as a card reader or signature pad. It simplifies the voter check-in experience, as well as supports *Same Day Registration by offering a fast and smooth process for elections with a high turnout eliminating the need to scroll through hundreds of names in the traditional paper pollbook to mark voters’ signature near their name. The name is simply searched and eligibility is verified through the e-pollbook system, a ballot with appropriate style is automatically matched and printed from the printer on demand. This solution speeds up the whole process and saves voters’ waiting time while eliminating risks of marking a signature on the wrong line of name. BIXOLON provides an impressive line-up of Receipt, Mobile and Label printers with a wealth of customer support, which could improve security, reliability and efficiency of e-Voting. To learn more about the solutions, please visit www.BIXOLON.com or speak to your local representative. *Same Day Registration (SDR) have been enacted in a total of 21 states plus the District of Columbia in U.S. as of 2020 to allow any qualified resident of the state to register to vote and cast a ballot all in that day. Cited from: https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/same-day-registration.aspx

    November 6, 2020

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    Changing Times: The Advancements of Online Food and Beverage Ordering in a Covid Era

    October 5, 2020

    By the end of 2019, the food and beverage industry was valued at $5943.8 billion worldwide* however, due to the 2020 worldwide Covid-19 pandemic the industry has become one of the most hard-hit sectors. Plummeting sales due to forced closures followed by lack of customer confidence to return to their establishments since lockdown easing has forced restaurants, cafes, pubs and any business that serves in-house food and drink to evaluate their services and adapt to the demand for contactless ordering and home delivery. Technology has played a key role in the turnaround of hospitality operations with existing hardware and software being adapted for the integration of these new functions. Alternatively, new technologies are evolving to meet the growing change in customer requirements. Hospitality POS Systems of YesteryearConventionally, hospitality establishments used a centralised ordering system between the front of house and the kitchen to feed service orders to the kitchen typically connecting tablet devices, hand-held terminals or a stand-alone POS terminal to the kitchen via wired or cloud network. However, as businesses are now offering customers new mediums to order including third party delivery platforms. Businesses are looking at either costly updates to their current setups or face introducing additional ordering systems which can result in further screens and printers in a kitchen. As kitchen traffic increases from the front of house and external sources, it is more vital than ever for businesses to make sure prepared food is labelled and documented. From originally hand written notes or printed receipts, sticky labelling has provided the means for businesses to improve their service precision but still comes with its own limitations. Traditional label media comes in fixed label lengths, limiting the amount of content which can be added per label, often resulting in multiple labels to display information. Users are also limited by the number of labels per roll due to the silicon backing paper it is attached to. There has been great leaps within the labelling industry, with a real growth in popularity of linerless label printing, a cost-effective and flexible temporary or permanent sticky adhesive labelling solution. What is Linerless Labelling?Characterised as pressure-sensitive labelling, with a special release coating applied on the face of the label without the need for a silicon liner, linerless labels are available in a range of adhesive strengths depending on the required application. Linerless labels also provide up to 40% more labels per roll than traditional label media by removing the requirement of silicon backing paper. This enables linerless printing of variable label lengths, which is ideal for the precise documentation of customer contact details and order information, to then be placed onto the product packaging for delivery. Linerless Label Printing Solutions from BIXOLON:SRP-S300 – Receipt and linerless label desktop printing solutionAllows concise, accurate linerless printing over five different print widths for both re-stick and permanent linerless label mediaTaken Sensor™ a peel off sensor which allows a queuing system for labels so the next label will only be printed once the current label has been removed reducing labelling mistakesThe printer of choice for hospitality brands globally XL5-40 – The world’s first exclusive permenent adhesive linerless label solutionLinerless labels provide up to 40% more label length on a roll compared to traditional liner mediaEnables high volume, fast labelling at variable lengths with less roll changes Taken Sensor™ a peel off sensor which allows a queuing system for labels so the next label will only be printed once the current label has been removed reducing labelling mistakes B-linerless™ – Linerless label media from BIXOLONB-linerless™ Permanent – featuring a permanent adhesive across the whole media which is similar to traditional liner labelsB-linerless™ Re-stick – supporting removable and repositionable adhesive across the media while eliminating any adhesive residue left when removed. To find out more about the BIXOLON’s range of linerless labelling solutions, visit www.BIXOLON.com or speak to your local BIXOLON representative. *cited Business Wire release from ResearchandMarkets.com

    October 5, 2020

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    Flawless Mobile Specimen Collection at Drive-through COVID-19 Test Centres

    September 21, 2020

    As of September 2020, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread despite months of persistent effort, involving 184 countries with more than 29.7million confirmed cases. While people around the world have been finding it hard to adapt to the New Normal, large-scale testing for the virus is considered to be of critical importance to identify cases as early as possible and conduct prompt contact tracing. In order to maximise testing capacity, a number of healthcare organizations have seen the advantages of drive-through testing such as the prevention of cross-infection between patients in a waiting space, the speed of administering tests and reduced staffing requirements. The steps in specimen collection at the drive-through test centres consist of registration, examination, specimen collection, and instructions. The samples collected at the site are identified with handwritten or printed labels including patients’ information and the time of collection for accurate testing at a clinical lab. Some countries where pre-registration is available, labels for specimens are prepared in advance to reduce the distance staff need to walk back and forth. Whereas in countries visitors will be seen without a pre-registration, where time is required to access identification and printing sample labels from a stationary kiosk. Labelling specimens far away from the point of collection would also increase the risk for errors. Equipping front-line workers with rugged mobile printing solutions enables the smooth running of the test site. Clinical staff scan a patient's ID using a mobile computer at a distance, and sends the data to the national hospital system to create an account. A specimen label can be instantly printed using the data and a mobile label printer. BIXOLON’s mobile printers are optimised for this application to enable optimum DT centres to functionality. Staff can save time reducing idle walking time between the car and the station to print a label, enabling workflow to be streamlined and the testing process is expedited. This will facilitate more tests for symptomatic patients and significantly elevate capacity of each centre per day. Labels instantly printed by the car can also help prevent mis-identification. Featuring the SPP-L3000 a premium mobile label printer,Fully rugged form factor enduring multiple drops from 2.1 m / 7 ftIP54 rate sealed to withstand water, dust and extreme weather conditions Perfect compatibility with major operating systems including Android™, iOS™ and Windows®Fast data processing and print speed of up to 5 ips (127 mm/sec)Longest battery runtimes with 2600 mAh capacity Reliable wireless capability simultaneously connecting both Bluetooth and WLANEasy to use with LCD and ergonomic design Put BIXOLON’s industry leading mobile technology in the hands of front-line workers to increase productivity and create a safer working environment in DT centres. If you have any questions about the SPP-L3000, please speak to your local Sales Representative, so they can guide you through details or visit www.Bixolon.com.

    September 21, 2020

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    BIXOLON's Linerless Labelling Solutions for Healthcare

    August 12, 2020

    Hospitals are generally categorised as fast-paced environments requiring efficiency and speed to provide optimum patient care and maintain staff satisfaction. Staff are often demanded to carry out complex tasks working with sensitive information which requires precise reporting to reduce errors. Traditionally this type of information was hand written, however to improve the speed and accuracy there has been a rapid adoption of barcode labelling as a way to store, report and track important information within the Healthcare industry. Today, medical labelling is used for a variety of applications from documenting patient medical histories, diagnosis and treatment; to providing vital prescription information or documenting medical samples. Labels have become an important communicator for both medical facilities and pharmacies where accurate labelling of items can guarantee the right care is provided to the patient. However as the demand for medical assistance continues to rise, many institutions are looking for more cost and time-efficient labelling solutions. BIXOLON offers a linerless labelling solution which meets the market’s demand. Linerless media is a pressure-sensitive label with a special release coating applied on the face of the label without silicon liner. Linerless labelling solutions help to enhance time efficiency while reduce unnecessary slippery silicon-backed liner waste and even save operational costs. Linerless labelling offers the following benefits; ㆍ Time efficiencyㆍ Eco-Friendly ㆍ Safe working environment ㆍ More labels per roll ㆍ Cuts operational cost Since BIXOLON introduced its exclusive linerless label printer, the XL5-40 and B-linerless™ media to the Healthcare market, the printer has provided the industry with numerous efficiency and productivity printing benefits due to its initiative design and value added features. The linerless solution offers anti-jamming, anti-curling, long-lasting two-platen rollers, special paper path, and top down guillotine cutting system to provide high reliability and reduced maintenance. Alongside its Taken Sensor™, a peel off sensor, which allows a queuing system for labels so the next label will only be printed once the current label has been removed reducing labelling mistakes. The XL5-40 is also capable of printing up to 40% more labels compared to legacy label media. Supporting variable length label printing from a single printer, reducing printer expenses and media purchase, storage and transportation while offering greater flexibility for label design and content. For more information on BIXOLON’s XL5-40 linerless labelling solution and B-linerless™ media, please talk to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    August 12, 2020

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    XL5-40 Exclusive Linerless Label Printer, A Game Changer for Cost and Environmental Solutions

    June 24, 2020

    Productivity improvements, environmental regulation and TCO reduction are key points of all businesses. Manufacturing and T&L are more focused on improving operations like inventory management, shipping labelling, order releasing and packing. Linerless labelling solutions are a simple way to enhance the work process and reduce costs. Linerless media is a pressure-sensitive label with a special release coating applied on the face of the label without silicon liner. The absence of a silicon liner saves on the cost of extra labour, storage, transportation costs while reducing industrial waste and carbon emission. The Linerless media offers significant cost and environmental benefits compared to traditional gap media: The Lower Total Cost of Ownership More labels per roll: Liners take up physical space on label rolls; without silicon backing, Linerless media have approx. 40% more length in a roll. BIXOLON’s supply, B-linerless™ supports similar or more competitive price in comparison to general gap media.Greater productivity: By adopting linerless labelling solutions, there is no need to peel-and stick and dispose of silicon liner. Alongside, linerless media is capable to print multiple length labels on a roll plus requires less roll change frequency. This will help cutting downtime and increasing productivity and efficiency.Cutting storage and transportation expenses: Linerless media has no silicon backing liner allowing you to fit twice as many labels on a roll of the same weight and size; therefore, it will increase profit rate by decreasing transportation and storage costs. Greener & Safer Eco-friendly: Less waste disposal leads to less carbon footprint. Due to the release liner waste cannot be recycled or incinerated. Nearly 370,000 tons of silicon wastes were landfilled in the U.S. per year. Using linerless media will be beneficial to reduce disposal costs while saving energy costs. Improved safety: Slippery wastes on the floor can cause a safety hazard of manufacturing and warehousing operations. Removing the slippery release liners from the workplace can reduce potential slip-and-fall accidents. As noted, linerless media has outstanding benefits. Then the next consideration would be choosing the right linerless label printer that performs top-quality labelling. Recently introduced XL5-40 is the world’s first exclusive linerless desktop label printer which has unmatched features differently from an existing desktop label printer supporting linerless labelling functions as an option. Extreme Reliability Uniquely designed for Anti-jamming and Anti-curling features with long-lasting two-platen rollers and special paper pathThe only XL5-40 supporting top-down guillotine system that cuts the coated face of the paperPeel-off sensor, Taken Sensor™ will not continue to print until the current label is removedReliability at its finest in any harsh environment with BIXOLON supply, B-linerless™ and compatible with many certified linerless media by BIXOLON Flexibility Available print various length labels on a roll (min 30 ~ max 1,000 mm)Built-in Auto-cutter and peeler-off sensor, Taken sensor™Two sizes of media supporter for short and long media choice are included, preventing the cue media falling to the desk, counter space or floor. Functional Operations Fast linerless printing speed up to 6 ips (152 mm/sec)Comprehensive wired and wireless connectivity options Simple setup with an optional mono LCDSupporting XPM™ and XCM™, web-based printer management software and connection app If you have any questions about linerless labelling solutions, please talk to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative, so they can guide you to the right linerless labelling solution.

    June 24, 2020

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    Food Safety Labelling Solution with the XQ-840 Tablet Embedded Desktop Printer

    May 14, 2020

    There is a growing customer demand for a more efficient way to manage food safety labelling. Business owners are minimizing the amount of product that goes out of date and maximizing the use of their product. Product labelling should offer clear advice, but food safety labelling can add additional guidance that increases safety, improves procedures and a reduced impact on unnecessary waste therefore increasing profits and margins. Obstacles that business owners face are the ever change in regulations to food safety. The FDA will be rolling out and enforcing a new nutritional label standard, so consumers can expect to see up-to-date information on most products, and we will likely see many labeling issues come out with the revamping of labels. Companies will be looking for best industry practices for shelf-life labeling as it pertains to both quality and safety with clear “best if used by” and “best by” date labeling. The goal of food labelling is to provide consumers with infor¬mation that is factual and relevant about the products they consume. The food label allows consumers to compare one product to another, gives instructions for safe handling and storage, lists ingredients. Labels must be made of materials that do not contaminate the food. If there is likelihood that the paper, ink or adhesive of a label will touch the product or penetrate the packaging, these materials must be safe for food use. Thanks to the XQ-840 specialty label printer customers can now create food labels for all of their products and inventory to minimize waste and maximize the life of food products. This all-in-one type unique label printer embedded with an 8-inch Android Tablet will make the food labelling process simple and maximize uptime. The printer eliminates the need to pair a tablet or PC with a printer since it reliably communicates with an embedded tablet via USB connectivity inside of the same body. Due to its compact design, it will also save space in the workplace. Users can easily integrate their own professional application to the printer by using a suite of development tools supported by BIXOLON. The XQ-840 comes with Comprehensive software including Food Safety Label, Label Artist™ Mobile for Android™, BIXOLON Utility and BIXOLON Downloader. Since it supports 2 USB Host Ports + Ethernet + WLAN + Bluetooth interface, users can build an extended solution while using keyboard, mouse, Barcode scanner, etc. To find out more, visit Bixolon.com or speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    May 14, 2020

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    Order Labelling Solution with SRP-S300 Linerless Label Printer

    April 8, 2020

    There is a growing customer demand for more sustainable practices within various market sectors, business owners are minimizing the impact on the environment with greener solution with liner-free printing. There is an increase in the personalisation of goods and services, so sales and process order labelling are being used to fulfil some or all of these custom and eco printing requirements. Product labelling should offer clear advice, but order labelling can add additional guidance that increases safety, improves procedures and leads to swifter transaction times. Thanks to the SRP-S300, low volume process and sales order labelling across multiple verticals including food and non-food retail can be easily integrated into these solutions. Equipped with a peel-off sensor, Taken Sensor™, the printer will automatically sense the issuance of a printed label and will not continue until this has been removed by the user themselves. This ensures that jamming is prevented and it allows for the pace of the application to be dictated by the user themselves.With its support of linerless (liner-free) media certain recycling and environmental considerations are met. Another great addition is that BIXOLON can also supply its own B-linerless™ or the suggested media list certified by BIXOLON, plus additional costs of ownership are further reduced with the printer’s special back-feeding and paper saving modes. For example, a major Coffee brand has implemented the SRP-S300, with that they have been able to reduce order times & reduce the risk of failure when taking an order hence a higher customer satisfactory rate. With the use of the SRP-S300, said major coffee brand has also been able to drastically reduce their carbon footprint while also reducing the cost of ownership. Backed by its class-leading connectivity choices; powered, wired and wireless, and range of service options and linerless media selection, the Bixolon SRP-S300 and its quality printing is the first choice for those who know order labelling. To find out more, visit Bixolon.com or speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    April 8, 2020

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    Digital-Age Transportation: BIXOLON’s Rail Sector Solutions

    March 2, 2020

    A country's rail infrastructure is a key to its economic success, but the rail sector has not received the same level of attention as other pieces of infrastructure. This is however changing; private and public spending is leading to further investment plus expansion. While passenger rail travel and the movement of freight are also seeing an uptake. Digital technologies - IoT, Big Data and Cloud computing are being used to introduce improvements and efficiencies within the rail network, which are improving the passenger experience and increasing freight capacity. The digitisation or Internet of Trains is delivering data that passengers are using to better plan and undertake their journeys. Rail operators are using data to introduce safer control systems, manage assets and build improved service solutions around their rolling stock. This data is providing suppliers and manufacturers with greater confidence in a more fluid, reliable supply chain. The rail sector is also seeing greater cooperation between industry groups and governments. Legislative changes, new policies and programmes have resulted in opening rail infrastructure, creating a greater network length which is leading to competitiveness, further innovation and R&D. Governments are seeing rising transport demands, so investment in light and metro rail are being made. This is allowing workers to move quicker and further afield, while allowing cities to respond to congestion and pollution concerns. High-speed rail is seeing investment as it competes against other transportation modes, but there is pressure from environmental groups and a trend towards more sustainable, greener forms of transport. Rail is one of the most energy efficient transportation modes, but further investment is seeing greater decarbonisation of the rail industry with an increased use of alternative fuels, including hydrogen fuel cells and battery-powered locomotives. Supply chains are seeking to improve interconnectivity, increase visibility and provide operational benefits in both time and cost, but fundamentally become more sustainable while using more effective means of transport, resulting in a push to move from road to rail. Freight transportation groups are discussing how to lessen road miles and reward increased rail miles, while governments are working to open rail network across continents. Greater collaboration and cross-border cooperation are leading to a larger geographical network length allowing for seamless multimodal transportation and Silk Road extension. Mobile Ticketing • On the spot ticket purchase • Queue busting for ticket sales in airlines, coaches, railways, cruises and ferries • Provide a best-in-class travel experience for your passengers • Strengthen brand loyalty and increase customer retention rate Applicable Products • SPP-A200, SPP-L410, SPP-L310, SPP-R200II Inventory Tracking • Enhance readability of barcodes for streamlined inventory management • Deliver mission-critical labelling in demanding environments with reliable and robust industrial printers • Apply labels as inventory is received with industrial mobile printers to ensure accuracy • Achieve operational visibility and minimize downtime Applicable Products • XT5-40, SLP-TX400R, SLP-TX420, SPP-L3000If you have any questions about using BIXOLON printers in your mobile ticketing for public transport or inventory tracking for freight logistics, then please talk to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative.

    March 2, 2020

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    Hospitality Printing Solutions From BIXOLON

    February 3, 2020

    In recent years, thanks to its leading role in the global Tourism market, Hospitality has become one of the key drivers of the European economy, making it one of the largest socio-economic activity in the EU. From bars and hotels to travel and recreation, the industry is constantly evolving. With the pressure of centralised customer experiences, the requirement for printing technology is excelling at a fast pace to link together different areas of the hospitality industry which would previously be independent. Allowing the tracking, monitoring and sharing of information for the smooth running of its business operations. Connectivity plays a key factor in augmenting enterprises, with Hospitallers moving away from traditional Serial and Parallel connectivity allowing printing from only fixed stations to Ethernet and wireless options for transferable sophisticated mPOS printing solutions. BIXOLON’s experience producing a range of Hospitality receipt, kiosk, label and linerless labelling solutions have globally enabled customers to streamline their operations and make a number of cost saving updates to their businesses. Benefits of using BIXOLON Printing Solutions in Hospitality 1. Connecting with other areas of the business• Centralised EPOS systems allow for printers and screens to be used for different activities within the business• Ideal for ticketing, kiosks, kitchen printing, bar ticket printing, receipting, takeaway online food ordering and preparation labelling• Support for online ordering through B-gate, BIXOLON’s mPOS Hub solution• Expanding sales with cloud printing support• Compatibility with all major operating systemsApplicable Products:SRP-Q300 Series, SLP-DX220, SRP-275lll and SRP-S300 2. Reducing errors in busy environments• Using an epos system can cut errors and downtime in busy hospitality environments• Removing the use of pen and paper, orders can be clearly printed and sent directly to the relevant areas of preparation/production• Standalone kiosks can provide additional support and provide precise ticketing, QR codes and text printoutsApplicable Products:SRP-330II, SRP-350plusIII, SRP-F310II and BK3-31 3. Table ordering/payment• Enhanced accessibility• Portable printing devices for table management• Compatibility with payment solutions• BIXOLON’s flexible payment printer with mobile printer sledge and compatible third-party Pin Entry Devices (PED) allows for accessible table paymentApplicable Products:SPP-R200III, SPP-A200, SRP-330II and SRP-E300 4. Easy Reporting• Tracking sales/productivity throughout the day aids end of day reporting and spot trends allowing efficient business managementApplicable Products:SRP-380, SRP-350III, SRP-330plusIII and SPP-R410 5. Upgradable hardware features• Cost efficiency to maintain and upgrade assets• B-gate solution allows for easy EPOS upgrade without having to replace all existing peripherals• Highly reliable printers and accessoriesApplicable Products:SRP-Q300, RTS-300, BCD-3000 and B-gate To find out more about BIXOLON’s range of highly successful Hospitality printing solutions, visit www.BIXOLON.com or speak to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative. BIXOLON will be exhibiting at EuroShop 2020, stand Halle 6/I42 from 16-20 February 2020. Showcasing its complete range of Label, Mobile and POS printing solutions and accessories for a range of applications to suit any budget from omni-channel retail to unified commerce, food preparation, to logistics delivery labelling and more.

    February 3, 2020

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    BIXOLON’s Stand-Alone Labelling Solutions

    January 6, 2020

    We read in the press about the need for AI, IoT, Big Data, 5G and Blockchain, so are we overengineering solutions? Is there still the need for more traditional Auto-ID solutions? The answer is very much YES for solutions that are less complex and more cost-effective. A stand-alone operation releases your printer from the ties of an operating infrastructure, allowing for the format retrieval, data entry and media output to be located at the point of application or material production. This on-site solution reduces costs, needless user walk time and errors by ensuring that the correct information is created and applied at the point-of-manufacture or assembly. So, let’s explore some additional points. A stand-alone solution is safer.• Customer or item specific information with sensitive data is retained in the operator’s work area. It is not open to loss, mis-labelling or misuse.• Devices that are not tethered to a businesses’ infrastructure are not open to data breaches. A stand-alone solution is cheaper.• A host device; laptop, PC, handheld or tablet device, is not required.• No additional software, licenses or updates are required, which if not kept up-to-date can put you in breach of data protection legislation. A stand-alone solution is greener.• No requirement to power host devices; laptop, PC or tablet.• No need to manage host devices’ disposal or recycling at the end of use. A stand-alone solution is easier.• The application’s format with associated fonts and graphic data can be stored in the printer’s memory, or in an intelligent keypad such as those offered by our partners.• The printer’s USB host capabilities can handle additional peripheral devices such as scanners, scales, keypads or card readers to receive variable data to correctly retrieve the right label design and automatically apply the data to be printed.• The output of your libraries of formats and database of items can be simplified to the press of button or scan of a barcode.• Legacy systems with no previous barcoding can be easily implemented. BIXOLON’s multi-language printers can understand and process our own SLCS command code, plus leading printer languages, so migration from a tethered solution to a most effective and simpler BIXOLON stand-alone solution is possible. Applicable Products• XT5-40 Industrial Label printer If you have any questions about developing your stand-alone solution, then please talk to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative.

    January 6, 2020

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    Printing in Chilled and Cold Conditions

    December 3, 2019

    Printing in Chilled and Cold Conditions Technology use is developing at a pace and the use of mobility is driving change in many vertical markets. A growing mobile workforce means printing at the point of picking, packing, identification or dispatch is accessible to all corners of the warehouse or every doorstep in town. However, how can you be sure that your print quality is maintained across a range of temperatures? The operation of thermal printers in conditions with less than ambient temperatures will often result in poor, illegible print output if any at all. There are an increasing number of companies in the postal, medical, retail and pharmaceutical sectors looking for more effective labelling solutions in cold conditions. Traditional operating procedures - printing in one place and labelling elsewhere, mean that processes cannot be improved. This is counterintuitive to what is actually happening in many verticals. The refrigerated production, storage and distribution of foods and medicines is experiencing growth and this is resulting in investment in this sector. Some of this is due to our changing consumer habits and our wish for fresher foods faster, plus we are witnessing improving legislation to make our foods and medicines safer. Whilst sensors, data, networking and AI might be components parts of these temperature-controlled supply chains it is still in many cases the humble barcode that instigates this activity. Therefore, having the ability to print a quality barcode at source is paramount. Unseasonal weather conditions or longer, more inclement winters are also a consideration when addressing the printing needs for a workforce operating outside in chilled and cold conditions. Workers in many verticals, including Agriculture, Forestry, Parking Management, Policing, Scene of Crime and Postal, have a need to output a variety of different print formats – identification or asset labels, receipts or notifications, which are expected to be available on-demand. BIXOLON's award winning design of mobile printers have proven cold temperature operation. Mobile Label Printers • SPP-L3000 • SPP-L310 • SPP-L410 Mobile Receipt Printers • SPP-R200III • SPP-R310 • SPP-R410 If you have any questions about developing your mobile solution, then please talk to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative, so they can guide you to the right printer choice.

    December 3, 2019

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    Loss Prevention and Protection: Digital Vs Physical Receipting

    November 4, 2019

    For hundreds of years paper receipting has acknowledged that a person has received goods or services following a payment of money or property. It provides a physical binding contract of a transaction which has taken place. As technology has advanced from physical written receipting to the use of printed receipts, digital receipting is now entering the arena. With each technology advance, it has provided both businesses and customers with many benefits. However, as we progress through these advancing technological times, can we still prove the loss prevention and protection of our purchases? Digital Receipting• With the growing pressure to modernise operations and become more environmentally friendly, digital receipting is growing in popularity as a paperless alternative to traditional receipting.• Customers have a digital copy of receipts which can be centrally stored and used as required.• Digital receipting has now been recognised as an approved form of expensing and accounting by many countries across the world.• However, digital receipting relies on customers having either an email address or their business app. Not all customers will have access to such devices, so digital receipting isn’t always possible.• Businesses emailing receipts are required to maintain a large database of contact details which require additional security protocols within the POS system. If sensitive addresses are inputted incorrectly, the customer will not receive their proof of payment.• Digital receipting relies on businesses having 24/7 access to the cloud to send the receipt and customers having instant data access to receive it. Sometimes due to technology failure, these services might not be instantly available. Physical Receipting• Physical receipts provide an instant proof of payment for a transaction and provides customers with the security of an instant return.• Physical receipts give businesses the ability to instantly add seasonal identifiers, such as coupons or promotions in the form of barcodes and QR codes, which can easily be scanned by the POS in real-time.• For customers paying with cash, physical receipts protect both the business checking they are providing the correct change and the customer with proof that the correct money has been returned.• However, there are always issues in the quality of paper used, the potential for receipts to fade over time. The cost of transport logistics for the receipt rolls and time required to change a till roll also need to be considered.• Digital receipting is an irreversible trend, but working alongside traditional receipting both options provides both the customers and businesses complete protection on proof of payment and receipt of products/services. So, what printing options available in the market today? BIXOLON offers an award-winning range of Direct Thermal Desktop POS and Mobile Printers. Available as 2-inch (58mm), 3-inch (80mm) and 4-inch (112mm) media widths, our printers are packed with value-added features and a wide range of connectivity options to suit budget and requirements. Complimented by its dynamic label printing range of linered and linerless labelling, BIXOLON printing solutions are ideal for a range of applications, from stand-alone kiosk printing to multi-platform ecosystems. BIXOLON’s POS printers including the SRP-380, or SRP-S300 offer a paper saving mode, reducing the size of the receipt up to 25%. Model dependent features also include a back-feed option to reduce paper expenses by 20% or Auto Receipt Resize™ software which facilities 80-58mm auto paper reduction. In addition, BIXOLON also supports a range of software add-ons, such as mPrint Server, facilitating direct printing from web browsers and providing businesses with flexibility for a range of applications from customer receipting for Mobile POS, to MRD (Make, Ready, Discard) applications. Alongside mPrint App which gives users the ability to print documentation -image and PDF- from the web through their chosen web browser or app on an iOS™ or Android™ device. Working tirelessly with paper suppliers and customers, BIXOLON research and development team are always looking for eco printing alternatives to support businesses and save the environment. For more information visit www.bixolon.com or alternatively speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    November 4, 2019

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    The Era of the Always-On Business: BIXOLON’s Postal Sector Solutions

    October 1, 2019

    As the provision of post and parcel services to homes and businesses grows, so too is the investment in technology along the whole mail and parcel process of collection through to delivery. Traditional postal applications have been evolving for some time, but advancements are on-going as our “always-on” need has to be fulfilled in respect of collection and delivery requirements. Counter services are being augmented with self-service kiosks and the ability to purchase and print stamps plus associated address labels is moving beyond our high street post offices to local conveniences stores or even at the point of collection from our own doorstep. The postal sector is not alone witnessing the growing use of mobility. These devices can be used for extended period of time, so need to be ergonomic and lightweight with the ability to connect and be managed wired or wirelessly, locally or remotely across operating environments that are within a building or outside depending on the printing need. The postal sector can see a diverse workforce with differing experience levels bolstered by a seasonal roles throughput the year. Therefore, any printers need to be straightforward to setup and use, plus the print quality needs to be consistent with each and every label across a range of operating environments. Point-of-sale printers issuing transactional receipts, kiosk devices producing stamps, fixed printers that output sortation tags or mobile printers producing delivery notifications – BIXOLON has a print solution that is right for you. Postal organisations are looking to be "greener". As the circular economy grows, so does the need to provide more sustainable printing solutions. Changing laws and business practises are seeing more environmentally conscious improvements and postal operations are at the forefront of trialling and implementing many of these. BIXOLON has experience in sustainable labelling solutions and has worked with several customers to help them realise their environmental mandates. Energy saving and smart battery printers offer the option of a more environmentally-friendly linerless labelling solution that can improve your postal printing needs and save you money. Receiving / Shipping • Printing labels for goods at the point of receipt• Reducing walk times and errors by labelling at the point of dispatch• Easy control and management of printers and label designs from wireless handheld and tablet devices• Print labels whenever and wherever on demand to streamline ship to order operations Applicable Products • XT5-40, XD3-40d, SLP-DX420, SPP-L3000, SPP-L410 Proof of Delivery • Generate up to 40% more labels per roll and significantly reduce waste with linerless printing solutions• Notification of next delivery schedule when consignee's absence by B-linerless™• Create immediate and accurate delivery notes or invoices anywhere on the road• Easily provide new documents for unforeseen changes of delivery information• Minimize downtime and delays for frequent repair services caused by accidental drops• Streamline the order-to-cash process to increase profitability Applicable Products • SPP-L3000, SPP-R200III, SPP-R310, SPP-R410 Point of Sales • Highly reliable printers and accessories• Printable discount coupons with the receipt• Compatibility with all major operating systems• Expand the sales with cloud printing support• Compatibility with payment solutions Applicable Products • SPP-R200III, SRP-350III, SRP-Q300B, BCD-3000 BIXOLON successes in the postal industry has extended from its own domestic market to international wins with several of these being global installations, so our Sales Representatives can answer your questions about implementing new print solutions or developing existing ones. To find out more about BIXOLON’s range of printing solutions, visit www.bixolon.com or speak to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative.​

    October 1, 2019

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    Omni-Channel Retail: BIXOLON’s Collection and Return Solutions

    September 10, 2019

    Global and national retail performances are frequently reported on in the media and the predictions of falling sales are triggering Retailers to work tirelessly to change their outlook and entice new shoppers while providing services to retain existing customers. Collection and return services are just one of the ways retailers are adding value and improving the customer experience.On-demand economy influences many vertical markets and retail has not escaped this. The always-online, mobile shopper is operating outside of traditional store hours. Their ability to view and buy goods is also seeing the need to provide these purchases in an equally timely manner.Click & Collect service provides shoppers with the flexibility to pick up purchases to suit their own schedules. Similarly, the same infrastructure can handle the returns of unwanted goods. While some retailers are choosing to build their own logistics networks, there is an increasing number of partnerships that allow for a collaborative approach to collections and returns giving shoppers access to the retailers’ goods and services. These collaborations are allowing local retailers to compete on a national level and against larger competitors. Plus, it can provide a route to attracting more price-conscious consumers with competitively priced delivery options. Adding to the traditional in-store transactional and seasonal shopper, a BIXOLON collection and returns solution can be easily added to a store’s existing infrastructure. Offering compact, wired or secure wireless network printers in varying colour options to suit your store design no matter the space constraints. Control of the printers is also possible on legacy POS, Windows™, Android™ or iOS® platforms, through label, mobiles, handhelds or tablets. BIXOLON offers a suite of development tools to easily create a new collection and returns application or add printing to an existing solution. For added customer experience, returns labelling can be printed and provided with the collection package, removing complexity of producing return labels by the customer prior to drop-off. For the tracking of high value items or their return to stock following a return, BIXOLON offers an UHF RFID print-encoding solution. The design of BIXOLON’s printers means that they’re easy to use, so there is no reduction in staff productivity – removing the requirement for additional training or support for seasonal/temporary staff. Sustainable Printing Alternatives Retailers are always looking to increase revenues and attract new shoppers. One of the ways can be to have specific sustainable business practices, so how to attract more eco-conscious shoppers or maintain your environmental principles? Governments are now tightening laws to lessen waste and increase recycling. As these new laws come into play, producers and retailers are becoming liable for waste. BIXOLON offers a range mobile or label printer linerless solutions to add sustainability, productivity and cost benefits to your collection and delivery applications. Click & Collect • Receipt of collection production and returned goods labelling • Mobile and Desktop printer eco-conscious labelling solutions • Limiting waste, health & safety and productivity gains • Allow customers to label on-site, so they avoid complexities and cost of home labelling Applicable Products • SLP-DX420, SLP-DL410, SLP-DX220, SPP-L410, SRP-S300 Online Order • Enhanced accessibility • Efficient store management • Support online ordering through B-gate, BIXOLON’s mPOS Hub solution • Minimize missing orders with voice messages built into the printer Applicable Products • SRP-Q300H, SRP-S300Hi, SRP-F310IIHi, SPP-R310, SPP-R200III E-Commerce Delivery • 24/7 sales available (Enhanced accessibility) • Advertise products and brands through an app or website • Concise delivery through printing precise information • Improve efficiency by printing return shipping labels within a courier truck Applicable Products • SPP-L3000, SPP-L310, SRP-S300, SLP-DX420, SLP-DL410 To find out more about BIXOLON’s range of label printing solutions, visit www.bixolon.com or speak to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative.

    September 10, 2019

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    BIXOLON’s mPrint Server: Facilitating Direct Printing from Web Browsers

    August 1, 2019

    As a crucial part of business operations, creating new software is a complicated process usually with multiple obstacles. However, in a highly connected world, developing applications for different platforms is considered essential yet it can often be time-consuming and require maintenance by dedicated staffs which can result in high costs. mPrint Server from BIXOLON enables businesses to reduce wasted time, make the best use of their resources to stay focused on their business growth. This efficient tool is designed to enable direct printing from Windows, Android and iOS platformed web browsers to BIXOLON printers. With basic web programming skills, developers can build a browser-based, multi-platform solutions using a set of Javascript APIs that come with the mPrint Server to control BIXOLON mobile, label and POS printer models. The mPrint Server provides the ability to print from various devices including PC, iPad and iPhones through a web browser without the need to install printer drivers, plug-ins or design software onto each device. Allowing web browsers to directly communicate with BIXOLON printers, the mPrint Server solution enables businesses in Retail and Hospitality industries to achieve higher productivity in a wide range of applications from customer receipt for Mobile POS, to MRD (Make, Ready, Discard) applications for food preparation and sales. mPrint Server for AndroidOS: Android V6.0 or aboveInterface: Ethernet, Bluetooth and WLAN, USBBrowser: Chrome, Explorer, FirefoxmPrint Server for WindowsOS: Windows XP, Windows VISTA, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10Interface: Serial, USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth and WLANBrowser: All major browsers including Google Chrome™, Microsoft Edge™, Mozilla Firefox™, Opera™ and Internet Explorer™ mPrint Server for iOS (Available through App Store®)OS: iOS 10.0 or later Interface: Ethernet, Bluetooth and WLANBrowser: mPrint Server - Basic browser functions are supported and log files are available on iTunes® Simply integrate JavaScript from the BIXOLON mPrint Server API reference guide, to your web page with minimal coding to easily print directly from your chosen web browsers. Sample pages for a range of BIXOLON printers are accessible through the link below, POS PrintersLabel Printers Printers equipped with MSRTo find out more, visit BIXOLON at www.Bixolon.com or alternatively speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    August 1, 2019

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    Energy Efficiency Labelling Regulations

    July 1, 2019

    The European Commission has recently adopted new formats of Energy Efficiency Labelling for several product groups. As part of the European Union’s energy saving objectives and to provide clearer, simpler information to consumers, the new formats will provide a QR code link that consumers can scan to obtain additional product information. This official, non-commercial information will be entered by manufacturers into the associated European Product Database for Energy Labelling (EPREL), which will become available for consumers to view through the latter months of 2019. As of January 2019, manufacturers, importers and authorised representatives of certain appliances need to register their goods and provide the additional consumer information before selling them on the European market. Some legacy goods will also need to have their energy labelling amended and additional information added to the EPREL database if placed on the market from the 1st August 2017 and the 31st December 2018. Now whilst the EPREL database is an EU managed initiative there are obvious implications for goods manufactured outside of the EU where the EU is the intended recipient region of sale. It is fortunate then that BIXOLON has a global sales and support team, plus a network of UNITE partners that can meet all your printing needs. For your label creation and generation needs, then BIXOLON offer a free of charge Label Artist™ application.BIXOLON’s broad range of energy saving Mobile, Desktop and Industrial printers support all industry types of barcode symbologies, including the QR code, plus UHF RFID print-encoding.The range of easy to use portable and fixed printers ensure quality output label after label on a choice of print resolutions - 203, 300 and 600 dpi. Supporting the latest wired and wireless connectivity options, BIXOLON's printers offer a labelling solution for every budget.Talk to your local BIXOLON Sales Representative to discuss your Manufacturing labelling solution.

    July 1, 2019

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    Tracking and Identification in Healthcare – Prevention Is Better Than Cure

    June 10, 2019

    In this day and age, Hospitals, GPs and Healthcare organisations are under increasing pressure to provide accurate diagnosis and care to its patients. Connecting the right patient to the right care is often critical for the patient’s wellbeing. Technologies have become essential in the running of healthcare operations. Barcoding, Labelling and Wristbanding have become essential not only to track assets, but provide protection, prevention and security for patients, staff and medication. How does it all work? Patient Identity Tracking From the moment a patient walks into a Hospital, visits a GP or Healthcare establishment, identification management is essential for tracking and servicing the patient. Using a variety of applications through barcoding or QR codes on patient wristbanding or medical notes to identify important data or track medication, labelling medical records and more, accurate data is required on the patient at all times. Healthcare Asset Recording From barcode labelling for bloods and specimens to tracking of theatre equipment and even patient wheelchairs, identification is essential for the productivity and efficiency of the medical profession. Staff Flexibility Barcoding and labelling of staff activity is essential throughout the healthcare chain, it provides better communication, simplified workflows, leading to increased operation efficiency. Allowing secure communication and collaboration of patient information to provide the highest level of care. Prescription Administration Traditional tracking of drug administration is time consuming and is followed by a great opportunities for error. Barcode labelling of medication provides traceability and allows accurate dispensing to the unit-dosage level and audit supplies. Having systems in place allows an audit trail of dosage through caregivers and reduces paperwork surrounding prescriptions for healthcare professionals and pharmacies. BIXOLON Healthcare Printing and Consumable Solutions BIXOLON offers a range of Barcode, Label and Media technologies designed for healthcare, including barcode and label desktop and mobile label printers, linerless labelling, wristband printers and media, RFID label tracking and more to assist the smooth running of a healthcare facility. Key Product Highlights SLP-TX400R –Barcode Label Printer with RFID Data Encoding Functions 4-inch (116mm) Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer label printer which prints high speed graphics, 1D/2D barcodes and text while embedding EPC code including (numbers, unique ID information) onto a UHF RFID label, ideal for highly confidential patient data and asset tracking. SLP-TX220 – Barcode Label Printer 2-inch (60mm) slim line Thermal Transfer printer with optional Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, ideal for a range of applications from medical note labelling or patient wristband printing directly from a chosen smart device. SPP-L3000 - Mobile Label Printer 3-inch (80mm) semi-industrial mobile label printer supporting high connectivity printing labels directly from tablets and smart devices. Ideal for patient tracking, specimen tracking or prescription administration. Printing Consumables To complement its printing range, BIXOLON offers a portfolio of printing solutions including B-linerless™ labelling (permanent and re-stick linerless label solutions) for prescription labelling, asset tracking, data management. Alongside B-band™ wristbanding producing printable wristbands available in B-band Lux (Nylon material) or B-band flex (Polypropylene material) which can be used for a patient identification and tracking. For more information on BIXOLON’s Healthcare printing and media solutions, visit www.bixolon.com or contact the team.

    June 10, 2019

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    BIXOLON Printers Transforming Smart Devices into Mobile Payment Solutions

    May 13, 2019

    Enabling businesses to take payments whenever and wherever they need, mobile POS system is a great solution to reduce queues, drive new sales opportunities and increase the total revenue across all vertical markets including retail, public sector and transportation. All-in-one payment terminals have been recognized as a convenient tool for mobile payments however, with the rising infiltration of smartphones and tablets in business allowing staff to increase productivity and customer engagement, alongside the introduction of the BYOD(Bring Your Own Device) movement in working environments. Mobile payments are often executed by bundle solutions consisting of a host device, payment terminal and receipt printer which has been widely adopted to deliver seamless, fully fledged POS experiences. BIXOLON offers two types of mPOS solutions; the SPP-A200 and their SPP-R215C, benefiting merchants of all sizes from SMBs to large retailers, in terms of portability, ease of development and operational efficiency. Portability While many of the all-in-one payment devices out there are equipped with small LCD displays some come in heavy and outmoded bodies. the BIXOLON’s mPOS solutions are compact and lightweight reducing worker fatigue and drive significant gains in productivity, paired with a pocket-sized smart phone or a tablet built with bigger-than-5-inch displays. Incorporating premium printing solutions with secure payment functionalities, BIXOLON simplifies the hardware system allowing staff to carry only two pieces of equipment instead of three to take payments at anytime, anywhere. Ease of Development and Operational EfficiencySimply docked and connected to the third-party Pin Entry Device (PED), the SPP-A200 thermal mobile printer brings exceptional printing ability to the PED to implement a fully functional payment solution. The two modules are integrated physically through a connector to provide seamless communication, simplify the complexity of wireless connectivity in the development stage and ensure reliable operations within in the field. Its built-in 7.4 V Li-ion, 1,200mAh battery offers a 31-hour standby time once fully charged and the power supply simultaneously charges the printer and the PED. Currently working in collaboration with the SPP-A200, the Miura M020 Pin Entry Device supports all types of payment methods and is approved by security and scheme certifications including; PCI 5.0 Certified/Common.SECC, EMV and contactless. While compatible with major mobile wallets, scheme brands, alongside FeliCa, ApplePay, SamsungPay and Google Pay.Available at an affordable price point, the SPP-R215C is industry’s most compact 2” mobile receipt and ticket printer with the integrated card reader (MSR+SCR) providing customer receipts. Accredited by EMV Leve 1,2, the SPP-R210 produces print speeds of 90mm per second and 203dpi print quality. Used in the field for door-to-door sales, paid-for services in a wide variety of industries including cosmetics, utilities and delivery, the SPP-R215C is currently only available in Korea. For more information visit http://www.Bixolon.com, or alternatively speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    May 13, 2019

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    Retail POS Printing – Cheap Vs Cheerful?

    April 26, 2019

    The value of POS printing technology slowly decreasing with a stream of low cost printing hardware flooding the market, Retailers are now left questioning the use of the product against its replacement costs. The influx of low cost hardware comes at a price, cutting corners using sub-standard irreplaceable components means technology frequently only lasts 6 months and cannot be repaired creating a cycle of consume and destroy. Subsidised hardware also comes with a number of energy and disposal issues making it almost impossible to discard and recycle. However reputable printer hardware manufacturers are now looking into ways counteract this issue offering a wider range of quality, reliable technology solutions which can be tailored to suit any budget. This initiative offers retailers with the security of having high quality, compliant technology which comes with the option for repair and even upcycling. To help with this decision making process, BIXOLON has put together 5 simple points to consider when purchasing your next set of POS printing hardware: Hardware life expectancy – Retailers need to plan their life cycle of their POS estate. Factors such as connectivity and support need to be addressed as technology and customer requirements are constantly changing which may require early upgrades of certain aspects of the POS system compared to other parts. Looking into printer technology with multiple connectivity options may enable simple future upgrades without the need to upgrade the printer. Energy certification and WEEE Compliance – Understanding the energy and compliancy of a printer is essential in the decision making process. Quality printers on the market today will come with an energy star rating which is identifiable by the blue energy star logo and many printers alongside power saving options built into the printers to reduce costs. WEEE compliance is also important to verify the safe ecological destroying and recycling of the electrical product. Design and quality of the product – Quality typically comes at a price, although most quality printer manufacturers now offer a number of printing options to suit any budget. Economical options offering basic essential features and reliability are increased in price by the number of additional features and add-ons. Warranty – A two year warranty has now become the industry standard with many companies now offering additional warranty add-ons. Maintenance companies also provide additional support for printing estates with tailor packages to suit individual requirements. Consumables – Printing consumables can often be a minefield. Different types of receipt paper and label media options have a major impact on both cost and the environment. Many printer manufacturers are now offering eco-software add-ons as standard to their printers to reduce the length of receipts and labelling innovations such as linerless labels which eradicates the requirement of silicon based backing paper. The True Value of BIXOLON POS, Mobile and Label Printers BIXOLON provides a range of POS, Mobile and Label printing solutions to suite any budget. Combining technology with innovation, a number of its printers also come with power and paper saving functions as standard to reduce power consumption and paper usage, while providing the same high quality, reliable receipt and labelling. Offering an industry leading 2 year warranty as standard with the option to extend the warranty with tailored warranty packages across our entire printing range. BIXOLON printers are WEEE compliant and energy Star certified to offer an extra piece of mind. To complement its printing range, BIXOLON also offers a portfolio of efficient printing consumables including including B-linerless labelling (permanent and re-stick linerless label solutions), B-wristbanding (printable wristbanding) and B-post Label (adhesive-free variable length labelling) for a cost effective, efficient printing solutions.To find out more, visit BIXOLON at www.Bixolon.com or alternatively speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    April 26, 2019

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    What are the benefits of SoftAP Printers?

    April 8, 2019

    Many businesses requiring wireless printing solutions in markets such as Retail, Hospitality, Payment, Logistics and Warehousing are expanding and strengthening their wireless solutions using new mobile infrastructure technology. Wi-Fi connectivity was always a key factor in this trend but has historically been complex when linking up non-LCD embedded industrial printers to Wi-Fi networks. For instance, Ad-Hoc and Wi-Fi direct one-to-one network systems are popular methods for setting up Wi-Fi printers. However, the user experience to configure these networks has always been a challenge, requiring an understanding of various technical concepts such as node, encryptions, security, etc. BIXOLON is aware of these issues and has provided a solution which removes the complexity of Wi-Fi networking its printers. Since 2017 BIXOLON has adopted a new mode called SoftAP onto a selection of its printers to enable easy Wi-Fi setup. Its printers enabled with SoftAP act as an access point (virtual router). Users can then directly connect their mobile devices or computers with a BIXOLON printer (without using a Wi-Fi router) using the SoftAP function. Easy Wi-Fi setup with SoftAP printers The SoftAP mode establishes a wireless network using BIXOLON printers. In other words, when this mode is enabled, the printer becomes an access point(AP) requiring users to only know two pieces of information, the SoftAP’s network name (SSID) and password. The connection is then established via below steps. Turn on the BIXOLON SoftAP printerSearch the SoftAP’s network name (SSID) and enter the password using the hostThe SSID and password will then be sent to the printer through the SoftAP connection by the host device These steps are very similar to a normal AP connection procedure enabling easy setup without hesitation. The SoftAP mode is the simplest way to setup Wi-Fi with existing one-to-one network connection methods programmed for the BIXOLON printer. This SoftAP mode is available for following products: Mobile Printers: SPP-R200IIIplus, SPP-R310plus, SPP-R410, SRP-L310 and SPP-L3000 Label Printers: XT5-40 POS Printers: SRP-Q300, SRP-S300, SRP-F310II, SRP-380 and SRP-350plusIII For more information visit http://www.bixolon.com/ or alternatively speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    April 8, 2019

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    BIXOLON SRP-383: A Top Choice For POS Applications Demanding High Print Quality

    March 5, 2019

    When selecting the right printer for a POS application, various factors need to be considered and print resolution is a key requirement. 180dpi or 203dpi print faster and produce an identifiable image for most applications, but when it comes to printing small fonts, intricate barcodes, and graphics, higher print resolution is often required. Offering 300dpi the highest resolution in the POS printer market, BIXOLON SRP-383 claims to be a top choice for those needs. Superb print qualityIt is logical that higher resolutions meet enhanced clarity, sharpness, and readability. SRP-383 ensures crisp, clear printing of 1-D and 2-D bar codes, quality texts and complex logo graphics ideal for documents such as tax refund receipts in multiple languages, invoices composed of data tables or lengthy terms and conditions. Ideal for retailers who are trying to drive sales and loyalty with coupons on receipts, print quality is the critical element in finding the right printer. If you refer to the diagram below, the images and texts at 300dpi are more recognizable and more clearly defined.Lower TCO and improved sustainability The SRP-383 prints a receipt comprised of high-density contents at 300dpi consumes 53% less paper than printing the same at 180dpi. Powered by the proprietary Auto Receipt Resize™ technology, the SRP-383 changes to print from 4-inch to 3-inch or 3-inch to 2-inch and cuts down on the use of paper by up to 52%. The technology doesn’t require users to change the original software of host devices such as driver or middleware therefore, the print quality won’t deteriorate as the sizing is reduced.These innovative paper saving solutions help improve sustainability by eliminating a significant amount of waste to landfills and CO2 emissions. Powered by TTF Font downloader™ the new utility, which easily stores True Type Fonts is already installed in the operating system of the thermal POS printer. The SRP-383 also enables IT managers to make use of a variety of receipt font styles while reducing time and cost required for developing each font. The program provides functions for downloading, editing and test printing of fonts. ​Producing perfect, scannable barcodesA 300dpi printhead allows more information to fit into smaller barcodes. The SRP-383 prints a reduced size of barcode containing a greater volume data than those printed at 180dpi or 203dpi. It’s recommended to select a printer that supports 300dpi when a relatively large amount of data needs to be stored in a barcode to avoid printing partially cut barcodes. The SRP-383 easily prints compliant, scannable barcodes onto receipt paper.For more information visit http://www.Bixolon.com, or alternatively speak to your local BIXOLON sales representative.

    March 5, 2019